Four years ago Minka Kelly was a 26-year-old scrubs nurse who wanted to be a model. Now the 30-year-old is the sexiest woman alive according to Esquire, has a long-running role as a sexy cheerleader on Friday Night Lights, and is dating Derek Jeter.
Most wanna-be models and actresses work waitressing shifts, so how did Minka get involved in the medical field? An agent who wanted to get her in Playboy set her up with a receptionist job at a plastic surgeon’s office in the hopes that she’s get a free boob job as part of her salary package.
Minka opted out of the breast implants, but decided to stay in the medical field and even went to school for little over a year to become a scrubs nurse.
Her mother was also a hard-working girl, but she had a more burlesque line of business:
“My mom lived a fast life,” she says now. “It was all about what we could do to have fun with nothing. She — for most of my life, she was a dancer. An exotic dancer. She was a stripper. Um, so she would come home at like three, four o’clock in the morning, and sometimes she would have a really great night, and so she would wake me up in the middle of the night and we’d go to Ralphs and go grocery shopping. And that was so much fun. We’d have the whole grocery store to ourselves, and we would have a blast and buy a hundred dollars in groceries. And it was just the best day ever. The best day.”